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THANE: In less than two months of the police unearthing of one the biggest international scams run from call centres in Mira Road, the crime branch here filed a 5,786-page chargesheet that lists strong evidence against the persons accused of duping thousands of American citizens of millions of dollars.

The chargesheet named nearly 80 accused, including the 23-year-old fugitive kingpin Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy, who is said to have planned and executed the racket. Two minors were also named in the chargesheet.

Evidence was also obtained from search engine giant Google, with investigators learnign of the purchase of Magicjack, a device used for the VoIP calls that were made to US citizens by call centre employees who posed as US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer.

The chargesheet mentioned CCTV footage on the goings-on inside the call centres. There were statements of 10 witnesses, taken down under Section 164 of the CrPC, about the activity inside the call centres.

Some of the accused are also likely to turn approver in the case, said a senior police officer. Supplementary chargesheets will also be submitted in court.

The chargesheet runs into several volumes and the investigators annexed several vital records, including about the modus operandi and supporting proofs.

The agreements by the companies for the premises, the SOPs for the call centres, the complaints made by the victims in the US and the statements made by several witnesses were also annexed to the chargesheet.

The accused were charged under sections 384, 419 and 420 read with section 34 of the IPC and sections 72(1), 75 of the IT Act and section 25 of the Indian Telegraph Act.

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THANE: In less than two months of the police unearthing of one the biggest international scams run from call centres in Mira Road, the crime branch here filed a 5,786-page chargesheetthat lists strong evidence against the persons accused of duping thousands of American citizens of millions of dollars.

The chargesheet named nearly 80 accused, including the 23-year-old fugitive kingpin Sagar Thakar alias Shaggy, who is said to have planned and executed the racket. Two minors were also named in the chargesheet.

Evidence was also obtained from search engine giant Google, with investigators learnign of the purchase of Magicjack, a device used for the VoIP calls that were made to US citizens by call centre employees who posed as US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer.

The chargesheet mentioned CCTV footage on the goings-on inside the call centres. There were statements of 10 witnesses, taken down under Section 164 of the CrPC, about the activity inside the call centres.

Author:  Nishikant Karlikar

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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